Post-Treatment Care

What should I expect following endodontic treatment?

After a root canal, you will likely experience bite sensitivity and/or minor discomfort for a few days. There is no cause for alarm, however, as this is a normal response and part of your body’s natural healing process. It might even be as simple as a sore jaw due to keeping your mouth open throughout the procedure. These minor symptoms can be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication, but remember to follow any instructions on these medications as they often cause drowsiness. Additionally, if you are prescribed any narcotic medications, you should not drive, drink alcohol or operate dangerous machinery after taking them.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after root canal treatment has been completed. If a new crown is placed remember that it is a brand new tooth to which your mouth will need time to become adjusted.

If you experience severe pain or swelling, contact us for a follow up appointment.

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Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care

  • Do not eat anything until the anesthetic (numbness) has completely worn off. This will prevent any accidental biting of your cheek, lip or tongue.
  • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until it has been fitted with its permanent dental crown. If there is a crown present you will not hurt the tooth by chewing but it will likely be sore to chew.
  • Unless instructed otherwise brushing and flossing can be resumed just as you normally would.
  • If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, a thin layer often wears off between appointments. This is normal and no cause for concern, but if you believe the entire filling has come out, contact us immediately for a follow up appointment.

Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:

  • Visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth
  • An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives, or itching
  • A return of original symptoms
  • Your bite feels uneven.

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Getting Your Permanent Crown

Root canal treatment is only the first step in returning your tooth to its full form and function. After completing treatment with us, a visit with your dentist is required to create the final restoration, which entails either placing a permanent filling and / or if necessary a crown to cap the treated tooth.

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What the Future Holds

Your newly restored tooth can last as long as your other natural teeth, as long as you practice good oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing, regular checkups, and cleanings.

Your dentist may periodically perform X-rays to confirm that proper healing has occurred.

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